Novell Drives Linux into Academia with Training and Technology

Company donates over $1.5 million in software and launches new training course to promote education on open-source operating system

WALTHAM, Mass. * May 19, 2005 * Novell today launched a new introductory Linux training course designed for academic environments, giving educational institutions a powerful new tool to promote open source training and students a new option for learning Linux. Unique among Linux vendor offerings, Novell's new course maps directly to one of the most widely recognized vendor-neutral certifications in the Linux market, CompTIA® Linux+, newly updated for 2005. Novell also announced it will donate $1.5 million in SUSE LINUX software and training materials to educational institutions to help promote Linux adoption.

"Interest in Linux is exploding among our IT students, and Linux is becoming the de facto standard on which students train today," said* Erik van Renselaar,*IT Department Chair*at New England Institute of Technology. "Novell's new course is a great addition to the curriculum, since it helps students not only learn the basics of Linux, but also pass a critical CompTIA exam that really strengthens their resume. Novell's contribution of software is also a great boost for schools who face constant budget challenges when trying to introduce new technologies."

"Novell is committed to promoting Linux at the high school and college levels," said Dan Veitkus, vice president, Novell Training Services. "Getting Started with Linux: Novell's Guide to CompTIA's Linux+ introduces students to the knowledge and skills needed to manage a Linux environment." The course covers the objectives outlined by CompTIA for its Linux+ exam and certification, an international industry credential that offers proof of knowledge in key Linux areas, from networking configuration to directories to the Linux desktop and more. With analyst forecasts of Linux growth topping 25 percent annually, Linux expertise is rapidly becoming the critical foundation for information technology workers. The new course's unique combination of expertise from a leading Linux vendor and focus on an vendor-neutral examination provides a solid launching pad for interested students.

"CompTIA is a leader in globally-recognized vendor-neutral certification programs," said Neill Hopkins, vice president of skills development for CompTIA. "The fact that Novell has developed training that maps to a CompTIA exam, rather than their own flavor of Linux, is a strong testament to Novell's commitment to the open source movement. This is a great opportunity for students to learn Linux from one of the leaders in the field."

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